• FLETCHER: Public school ‘crisis’ doesn’t exist

    B.C. VIEWS: More teachers pour in, union wants results suppressed. As school districts around B.C. hire and train every qualified teacher they can find to fill an allegedly drastic shortage, the education ministry has put out the...

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  • WAGNER: So long, Mr. Webster

    It is quite literally the end of an era at the Merritt Herald. Our intrepid and prolific sports editor, Ian Webster, will be retiring from his post as of the start of the new year. Names underneath...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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  • WAGNER: Profits in the right place

      Earlier this week, the federal government reached a new deal with the provinces on splitting up the profits generated from taxes on legal marijuana — which is set to arrive in Canada in July of 2018....

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  • WAGNER: Cannabis legalization a powerful tool in fight against opioids

      As the province wraps up its short consultation period with local governments and the public on the impending legalization of marijuana, city councils — including Merritt — are being put in the hot seat. The federal...

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  • WAGNER: In sport, minds matter

      Aaron Hernandez and Ty Pozzobon — two superstar athletes who were at opposite ends of sporting careers that burned brighter than the sun — likely didn’t have much in common. Despite his obvious talents on the...

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  • WAGNER: The fog created by tragedy

      On Sunday night, the darkness encroached a little further. A gunman, whose motive remains unclear at the time of publication, opened fire from an elevated position on thousands of concert go-ers in Las Vegas. Fifty-nine people,...

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  • FLETCHER: Horgan reversal puts parties on welfare

    It is astonishing how badly Premier John Horgan mishandled his sudden announcement that after a decade of crusading against “big money” in B.C. politics, he was reversing his often-stated position and moving to siphon millions from the...

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  • EDITORIAL: To prevent future forest fires, investment must be made now

    by Tim Ryan, RPF Forest Practices Board SPECIAL TO THE HERALD From Sept. 23 to 30, Canada will be marking National Forest Week. Established around 1920 as Forest Fire Prevention Week, the origins were to encourage greater...

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  • WAGNER: A price to pay, despite popular policy

      In politics, as in sport, scoring points is often easier said than done. Which is why it is surprising that the B.C. NDP managed to wiff on campaign finance reform this week, after what amounted to...

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  • WAGNER: A confluence of crazy

      Update (Aug. 24): The drought level for the Coldwater River watershed was upgraded to level 4 on Wednesday afternoon.  “Fires, floods, crazy cold and snow, earthquakes…. what’s next? Plague of locusts?” That was the way one...

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